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Things to do in London this weekend

Make the most of the weekend by getting stuck into the best things going on this Friday, Saturday and Sunday

By Time Out London Things To Do, Alexandra Sims and Angela Hui
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It might be a weekend in lockdown, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it a good one. If you’re not sure what to do with your ‘weekend’ indoors, you’ve come to the right place. While it’s true that hundreds of great London events have been cancelled, many innovative London artists and businesses have quickly adapted by taking the show online.

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What’s on this weekend?

Black Lives Matter, protest, London
Black Lives Matter, protest, London
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How to show your support for Black Lives Matter

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Londoners have been protesting and showing their solidarity for Black Lives Matter this week after the death of George Floyd in the US. Read about the ways you can show your support from home. 

Brockley Market, Saturday 10am

Shopping Markets and fairs Brockley

Brockley Market is back. After the government gave the go-ahead for outdoor markets to reopen again, the market located in a car park (Lewisham College’s, to be precise) is putting out its stalls again. Head along to pick up some top-quality groceries - only fresh produce will be sold at this time. 

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Dusty Knuckle milk float
Dusty Knuckle milk float
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Dusty Knuckle Bakery sourdough delivery van, Sunday 10.15am & 11.45am

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Live in Barbican and Highbury Fields? Lucky you, Dalston’s Dusty Knuckle bakery is one of the best dough suppliers and its roving bread shop on an old milk float will be visiting both areas of London to deliver sourdough, focaccia, sausage rolls and a glorious selection of pastries. Catch it at 10am in Barbican and 12noon in Highbury Fields. 

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Someone holding a tray of Bread Ahead doughnuts
Someone holding a tray of Bread Ahead doughnuts
Photograph: Bread Ahead

Bread Ahead live baking tutorials, Sunday 2pm

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Bread Ahead, the bakery school and shop in Borough Market, has just announced free online tutorials on its Instagram page for anyone who wants to get their hands dirty kneading in the kitchen. Today tune into its Instagram at 2pm to learn how to make scones. 

outdoor beer drinking
outdoor beer drinking
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Find pubs near parks serving takeaway pints

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Grab a pint and head for some of that daily exercise – or a little sit – in the park. Just remember: public facilities in the capital are still largely closed right now, so don’t get caught short. And many parks are closing at 5pm or 7pm each evening. Anddddd the government advice is to stay at home as much as possible, before you go getting any silly park session ideas. Do make sure to keep up that two-metre distance while you enjoy your summer sipping. Otherwise, though, it’s bottoms up for the bank holiday!

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Photograph: Shutterstock
Photograph: Shutterstock
Photograph: Shutterstock

Pride Inside, all weekend

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In response to the cancellation of hundreds of events, UK Black Pride, Amnesty International, Stonewall and ParaPride have joined together like an LGBTQ+ supergroup to form Pride Inside, ‘an online series of gigs, comedy shows, panel discussions, and arts-based events’. This weekend watch performances from British drag star Son of a Tutu, aerial artists Mel Stevens and The Cocoa Butter Club, and join a discussion with Lady Phyll and Kuchenga on Black feminism and the fight for trans rights and lives.

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Maltby Street Market
Maltby Street Market
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Maltby Street Market, all weekend

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Outdoor markets have been officially allowed to reopen to the public this – but with strict social-distancing measures in place. Maltby Street Market is making a comeback today. For now, it’ll be returning as the ‘Maltby St Produce Market’, hosting ‘a small number of carefully selected produce traders’. It will also have a strict one-way system in place. 

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Mercato Metropolitano, all weekend

Things to do Event spaces Elephant & Castle

The Elephant & Castle market space offering a mixture of Italian and London based artisan producers is open again. Social distancing measure will be in place, but you can still pick up produce and street food to takeaway. 

Greenwich Market London
Greenwich Market London
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Greenwich Market, all weekend

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Greenwich locals seeking a sense of community will no doubt be pleased to hear that the area’s historic market is back in business. For now, food will be the focus of its offering and social distancing measure will be in place. It will be open from 10am to 4.30pm for ‘hot and cold street food available for takeaway’. 

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Vinegar Yard near London Bridge
Vinegar Yard near London Bridge
Photograph: Haydon Perrior

Flea at Vinegar Yard, all weekend

Things to do Borough and London Bridge

Vinegar Yard’s flea market is back. Pick up vintage clothing and antiques at the open-air market, which will have social distancing measures in place. Open hours will also be reduced to 12 noon to 5 pm. 

Kew gardens cherry blossom
Kew gardens cherry blossom
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Kew Gardens, all weekend

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Ready to fully submerge yourself in nature after all those months of not really leaving the house? Get yourself down to Kew Gardens, which has reopened, for a mega flora overload. The world-famous Royal Botanic Gardens has been given the go-ahead by the government to welcome visitors. Of course, it will be operating under strict social-distancing guidelines and all visitors, including members, will have to book tickets online for time slots in advance to adhere to this. 

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Camden Market
Camden Market
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Camden Market, all weekend

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Camden Market – along with the rest of London – has been closed for the lockdown for the last two months, but it’s now reopen. When you visit there will be a strict one-way system and socially-distanced queuing spots outside shops. 

Hampton Court Palace Gardens, all weekend

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Attractions Historic buildings and sites Hampton

Hampton Court Palace is opening up its gardens again for Londoners to enjoy a socially distanced day out. Explore the grounds of Henry VIII’s country retreat while observing social distancing rules. Pre-book in advance. 

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Mount Stewart, County Down
Mount Stewart, County Down
Photograph: National Trust

The National Trust Parks, all weekend

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As lockdown eases, the National Trust and its glorious green spaces are springing back to life. Some of the Trust’s outdoor spaces are now open for you to get a healthy dose of the green stuff, but many have a new pre-booking system in place to ensure crowds are restricted and social distancing can be upheld, so do check if spaces are sold out before visiting. 

Kimono
Kimono
Photograph: Victoria and Albert Museum

V&A: ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk’, all weekend

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The V&A’s ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk’, which opened on February 29 before closing in early March, was one of the first exhibitions in Europe to delve into the sartorial and social significance of the kimono. Now you can experience the show in a series of five films giving viewers an intimate 30-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the show, led by curator Anna Jackson.

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Photograph: ‘Night Talk’ by Jiab Prachakul and ‘Portrait of Denis: Actor, Juggler and Fashion Model’ by Sergey Svetlakov
Photograph: ‘Night Talk’ by Jiab Prachakul and ‘Portrait of Denis: Actor, Juggler and Fashion Model’ by Sergey Svetlakov
Photograph: ‘Night Talk’ by Jiab Prachakul and ‘Portrait of Denis: Actor, Juggler and Fashion Model’ by Sergey Svetlakov

National Portrait Gallery BP Portrait Award, all weekend

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The BP Portrait Award is being digitally exhibited in a virtual space that looks and feels a bit like the National Portrait Gallery. Have a look by visiting their website. 

Image: Seana Gavin 'Mindful Mushroom'. Image courtesy of the artist
Image: Seana Gavin 'Mindful Mushroom'. Image courtesy of the artist
Image: Seana Gavin 'Mindful Mushroom'. Image courtesy of the artist

‘Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi’, all weekend

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Indulge in some mycophilia (the obsession with mushrooms) with a virtual edition of this Somerset House exhibition. See psychedelic mushroom art, illustrations by Beatrix Potter, notebooks that once belonged to John Cage and Carsten Höller’s suitcase of spinning, solar-powered fungi.   

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